Democrats Desperately Trying to Block Republicans Uploading Hunter Biden Laptop
GOP lawmakers attempting to upload searchable copy of hard drive to congressional record
Democrats are desperately scrambling to block efforts by Republicans to upload a copy of Hunter Biden's "Laptop from Hell" hard drive to the congressional record.
Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee, which is responsible for entering documents into the record, are refusing to upload the drive.
They claim the laptop's files cannot be uploaded due to "technological limitations."
Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz’s (R-FL) office is instead being forced to print hard copies and PDF-form documents of pages.
Gaetz’s office even offered to provide the proper equipment to overcome the claimed limits and enable the digital file transfer.
However, Democrats have maintained the stonewall.
Nadler ultimately relented after conferring with a committee lawyer.
However, staffers he appointed are refusing to facilitate a file transfer.
Moments ago, I successfully entered the hard drive of Hunter Biden’s laptop into the Congressional Record.— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) March 29, 2022
SUBPOENA HUNTER BIDEN! pic.twitter.com/M800vm2pTY
Instead, the staffers demanded that Gaetz’s staff provide printed or PDF form documents of pages that could then be uploaded into the record, a Republican staffer with knowledge of the situation told The Daily Caller.
The move forced Gaetz’s office to expend its own resources creating copies, even though House rules dictate that committee staff is responsible for uploading record entries.
Democratic staffers justified the request by claiming that the House Judiciary Committee did not have the technology to digitally enter the laptop in its entirety into the record.
Although Gaetz’s office offered to provide a computer to the majority's staff to upload the documents, Democrats declined, the Republican staffer said.
“Democrats in the majority used multiple excuses to avoid handling the Hunter Biden laptop in any fashion other than accepting the hard drive via hand delivery,” the Republican staffer, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive committee business, told The Daily Caller.
"Democrats and majority staff are actively obstructing the American people from being able to see the laptop in the public record.
"They have all the resources they need to enter Hunter’s laptop into the record — they’re purposefully delaying the process.
"It’s their responsibility as majority staff to enter materials into the record granted by unanimous consent like Hunter Biden’s laptop.
"The American people should be asking, ‘Why aren’t Democrat majority staff doing their jobs?’ and ‘What will happen if they continue to obstruct official business of Congress?'”
Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin have highlighted various aspects of Hunter Biden’s business dealings in floor speeches, including his time on the board of Burisma Energy and business dealings with various Chinese state-owned entities.
The two senators reportedly received copies of the laptop from Jack Maxey, the former co-host of Steve Bannon’s War Room podcast.
Maxey also provided copies of the laptop to The Washington Post and The New York Times, he told the Daily Mail.
Recent reporting on the laptop has highlighted the Biden family’s extensive dealings with Chinese companies, including a presentation Hunter Biden gave promoting American shale and natural gas to Chinese businessmen.
Joe Biden was “plainly familiar” with Hunter’s and his brother James Biden’s business dealings with CEFC China Energy, according to Hunter and James Biden’s business partner Tony Bobulinski.
Hunter Biden sat on the board of BHR Partners and held a 10% equity stake in the firm through his own company, Skaneateles LLC.